Posted: Tue, 02 May 2017 11:31
Disability Sports in Dorset, with the help of Active Dorset and in partnership with Southbourne Tennis Club and Rossmore Leisure Centre have just been awarded a grant from Sport England for £9,500 to buy 15 multi use wheelchairs and a storage container. Disability Sports in Dorset has been set up by the team who started up and run the highly successful Dorset Destroyers Wheelchair Rugby Club.
Nick Coombs, Chair of Disability Sports in Dorset said "We started running a wheelchair rugby club and soon found that so many disabled people in Dorset wanted to have access to other sports so we set up Disability Sports in Dorset on Friday Nights, to open up more opportunities for sport. It's been very successful and we currently run wheelchair tennis, wheelchair badminton, wheelchair self-defence and a disability shooting club at our base Rossmore Leisure Centre. However, many of the sports are oversubscribed as we don't have enough wheelchairs but this funding will allow us to accommodate current players and expand into new wheelchair sports such as dancing, rugby 7's, basketball and netball."
Nick continued "Disability Sports in Dorset is aiming to become a Charity and to eventually build a Centre of Disability Sporting Excellence in Poole which will cater for the South of England but specifically Dorset. It is a long-term plan, but we've started by getting the sports up and running to prove that there is demand from the disabled community for this."